24 cm; 94–120 g. Bill
. Immature like a female with breast narrowly barred green and dull yellow. Race intermixta larger, paler and yellower; harterti like nominate but head more olive; pallida
more yellowish, some with a blue wash on belly.
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Birds from Schrader Range (EC New Guinea) sometimes awarded race buergersi, but generally not regarded as worthy of recognition. Four subspecies recognized.
Psittacella brehmii brehmii Scientific name definitions
Psittacella brehmii intermixta Scientific name definitions
Psittacella brehmii harterti Scientific name definitions
Psittacella brehmii pallida Scientific name definitions
Editor’s Note: Additional distribution information for this taxon can be found in the ‘Subspecies’ article above. In the future, we will develop a range-wide distribution article.
Interior of montane Podocarpus and Nothofagus forest and edge, low scrubby regrowth, and vegetation bordering open areas, often descending into the grass; generally at 1500–2600 m, but up to 3800 m on the Huon Peninsula in absence of P. picta.
Diet and Foraging
Buds, fruits and leaves of Homalanthus, hard berries, small hard seeds, and fruits of Podocarpus have been recorded, and lerps suspected as often seen searching leaves.
Sounds and Vocal Behavior
Not very vocal. Most frequently heard calls include a repeated nasal up slurred “hwee!” and a somewhat more modulated “wehuwee!”. Also a purer plaintive whistle.
Slight gonadal development in Aug; breeding condition bird in Jan; nestlings May–Jun.
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Fairly common and widespread throughout the range. Regularly recorded around Tari Gap, Papua New Guinea.